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Wilderness Emergency Bag 

Written By: Leo 


Binder clips (15) 
Scissors (1) 
Sewing machine (1) 
Tape measure (1) 
X-Acto knifed) 


Emergency blanket (1) 
Alu mini zed polyester 

Tarpaulin lining (1) 


Rope (20 ft. min.) 

550 cord or polyester clothesline 

Towels (4) 
100% cotton 

Plastic drop cloth (1) 

Backpack straps (20 ft.) 
polypropylene webbing 

Duct tape (1 Roll) 


In a survival situation, a small backpack that can transform to different uses besides simply 
carrying items will help your odds of survival. Here are instructions for making a lightweight 
and durable multi-use survival bag. 

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• Collect all required materials 

Step 2 

• Lay out all the material and lay the 
cotton towels with the edges 
overlapping to form the shape of 
the tarpaulin layer. 

• Sew the edges of the towels 
together to form one large cotton 

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• Lay out the tarpaulin lining and draw a 5.5 foot diameter circle. 

• You can cut a 2.25 ft length of rope, pin one end to the center of the fabric, and then create 
a 5.5 ft diameter circle. 

• Cut the circle out of the material. 

Using the tarpaulin as a blueprint, draw similar circles on the cotton, emergency blanket, 
and plastic liner layers. 

Lay the fabric in this order from bottom to top: tarpaulin, cotton, emergency blanket, and 
plastic liner. 

Line up the layers then drop the rope on the edges. 

Roll the material over the rope and hold down the edge material with clips. 

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Carefully stitch the inner portion of the folded edge using a sewing machine. 
Ensure that you leave a space where the rope loops out of the fold. 

• Flip the material over with the tarpaulin liner on top. 

• Find the center of the circle and draw a 9 inch radius circle about this point. 

• Lay the velcro on this circle and hold it down with duct tape. 

• Sew the inner and outer edges of the velcro (i.e., inner and outer edges of the velcro 
circle). Ensure that stitching is through all the layers. 

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• Cut 8 strips 6 inches in length from the backpack strap material. 

• Approximately a foot from the edge of the circle, sew one of the strips in a loop fashion 
onto the fabric. 

• Repeat the process above for 7 more loops and maintain an equal distance between loops 
(approximately 6.5 inches on the outer diameter of a circle with a foot smaller diameter 
than the larger circle). 

• Cut 2 strips 4 feet in length from the backpack strap material. 

• Loop the cut strap through one of the loops and then sew the ends together. 

• Repeat the process above using a loop adjacent to the one previously used. 

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Step 8 

• Using the knife, cut small holes every 2 feet on the outer edge of the folded edges. 

• Use these holes to pull the rope through and scrunch the material to create a bag-like 
appearance. This will require some strength and time. 

• Using the materials listed in this guide, the bag will stay slightly open. 

• Cut another 10 foot length of rope. Thread this section of rope through all the loops. 

• Tighten the rope once it is through all the loops. 

• This should create a closed bag. 

Step 9 

• The survival bag has multiple uses, the first of which is an actual back pack. 

• If the ropes are cut, the bag can open up and become a blanket or sleeping bag. 

• Utilizing the existing straps and rope, a makeshift shelter can be built by tying the ends to 
objects in the environment. The layers reflect back body heat and also have insulating 
properties, and this will provide a very lightweight and durable shelter. 

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Step 10 

• Flipped over, the reflective material can be used as a long-distance solar signal. 

• If a hole is cut along the inner velcro circle, a person can place their head through it and a 
warm waterproof poncho is created. 

This document was last generated on 201 2-1 2-04 04:09:40 PM. 

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